Assistant Attorney General (20-0707)

Office of the Attorney General

DIVISION: Tort Litigation
POSTING NUMBER: 20-0707
JOB TITLE: Assistant Attorney General V
MONTHLY SALARY: $9,166.67-$10,000.00
LOCATION: 300 W. 15th St., 12th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

Applications for employment with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can be easily submitted through the OAG’s Job Postings Page
(https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/careers/job-listings). The OAG also accepts applications submitted through www.WorkInTexas.com. Please note: A State of Texas application must be completed to be considered. Pursuant to the Texas Government Code, an applicant for any OAG position may be subject to a criminal background check. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is a dynamic state agency with over 4000 employees throughout the State of Texas. As the State’s law firm, the OAG provides exemplary legal representation in diverse areas of law. Assistant Attorneys General experience the challenge and honor of public service while enjoying a healthy work-life balance; hands-on legal experience; and engaging camaraderie in Austin, the scenic and lively capital of Texas. The Tort Litigation Division specializes in defending state agencies and employees throughout the state against claims involving personal injuries, including medical malpractice, premises liability, auto accidents and workers’ compensation. We provide a highly collaborative work environment where lawyers help one another while managing their own dockets as first chair from the initial stages of a case through any appeal. The OAG seeks qualified, self-motivated candidates to manage cases from inception to conclusion, including drafting motions and discovery, appearing at hearings, trying cases, negotiating settlements, and handling appeals, as well as assisting other AAGs. OAG employees enjoy excellent benefits (https://ers.texas.gov/Benefits-at-a-Glance) along with tremendous opportunities to do important work and make a positive difference in the lives of Texans.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assigns work and supervises the caseload and the administrative duties of three or more attorneys in the Claims Section of the Tort Litigation Division, including ensuring that those attorneys timely and properly develop their cases and timely meet all agency and division administrative deadlines and requirements; and assigns work and supervises support staff
Develops and implements effective policies, procedures, objectives, and training techniques for teaching attorneys and support staff
Evaluates and defends against claims made against state agencies under the Texas Tort Claims Act
Analyzes complex factual and legal issues and develops and/or supervises the development of evidence through witness interviews, and document review in pre-litigation claims
Performs research and drafts memoranda and other legal documents
Engages in the interviewing process and recommendation of new hires
Provides legal advice, counsel and assistance to client state agencies
Provides excellent customer service
Serves as legislative liaison for Tort Litigation Division, including but not limited to analyzing proposed legislation and responding to legislative inquiries from the Legislature, Executive
Administration, Division Management
Provides regular updates to Division Management on the work flow and caseload of the Claims Section
May analyze and train other attorneys to analyze complex factual and legal issues and develops evidence through depositions and other discovery
May perform and train other attorneys to perform research and draft petitions, motions, pleadings, orders, briefs, memoranda and other legal documents
May participate and train other attorneys to participate in administrative hearings, jury trials in district and county courts, and perform appellate work
Performs related work as assigned
Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions
Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule
Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information
Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D.
Licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
Five years full-time experience as a licensed attorney
First Chair jury trial experience
Skill in conducting effective legal research and evaluating legal issues
Skill in organizing and prioritizing workload to handle a large volume of work and to effectively meet deadlines
Skill in using a computer for word-processing and data entry/retrieval
Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
Skill in effective oral and written communication skills [Writing sample required at time of application – submit electronic writing sample to applications.desk(at)texasattorneygeneral.gov. E- mail subject line and document title must follow this order: employer posting number_job seeker ID_firstname_lastname_WS]
Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel
Ability to work more than 40 hours as needed and in compliance with the FLSA
Ability to lift and relocate 30 lbs.
Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 50%

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Experience handling personal injury cases
Experience using MS Word, Adobe Acrobat X Pro, Excel and LCMS
Experience with Shepardizing, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and other related computerized legal research tools
Knowledge of the Texas Tort Claims Act and practices relevant to the cases handled by the Tort Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General
Knowledge and experience handling claims
Knowledge of general office practices and administrative procedures

TO APPLY
Applications for employment with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can be easily submitted through the OAG’s Job Postings Page
(https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/careers/job-listings). The OAG also accepts applications submitted through www.WorkInTexas.com. Please note: A State of Texas application must be completed to be considered. Pursuant to the Texas Government Code, an applicant for any OAG position may be subject to a criminal background check. 
Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf.

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Posted: March 25, 2020